Don’t Mess With John’s Daughter


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The title of the painting refers to Julia, who used to wait in the Tinley Hall Park Dairy, a café in Great Windmill Street when Mike worked at Rome Studios.  John, the owner, in the centre of the painting, was a giant of a man, and he would cast a glare to any male that had his eyes on his very attractive daughter!  Mike also pays homage to the American Realist, Ralph Going’s painting ‘Twin Springs Diner from 1977, with the figures on the left and includes Eric Scott on the right, his lifelong friend from a picture taken by Joe, his son, of Eric writing a letter to Mike whilst in the South of France village of Les Adrets.  An image of the past and present of the influences in Mike’s life.  How much of this is imagined or real?

Gallery Show:  Messums, Cork Street 

Date of Completion: 2008

Original: Acrylic on Canvas: 120cm x 80cm

An undoubted masterpiece, this painting will provide a talking point and add to any wall space.

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